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The Weekender – w08 – 3 Nov 2018


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W3  D0  L4

GF: 16    GA: 23




Won three, lost the rest, scored over a dozen, conceded seven more than we scored.  You’d be forgiven for thinking it was last week all over.

Then there were the differences.  The ladies struggled with two blanks and conceded 17.  Although L1 went against the flow and bagged a hatful as well as a clean sheet.  The men fared better with three solid performances.  M1 returned to winning ways and M3 put in a fine effort against the top side but it was M4 who were Team of the Week for recording not only their first win but also a derby win too.

But this might be remembered as the week when the families started battling in earnest as L1’s game, in particular, threw up a number of family goals of note.

L1 humbled bottom side Gosport at home by claiming seven goals without conceding.  No hat-tricks as the goals were shared with Frida Kenning, Jodie Bennett and Kate Cradden each claiming two.  Amy Cradden also claimed a goal as well as Player of the Match.  L1 jump two into top spot.

M1 put third side Southampton University to the sword on their own turf as they won 3-0.  Notable contributions were the clean sheet from Nick Franklin and a brace from Man of the Match, David Fox.  They swap places with their hosts, moving up one to third.

M4 visited neighbours, Aldershot & Farnham, but weren’t to be overawed as they ran out 2-1 victors.  Chris Bennett scored both goals whilst skipper, Martyn Garvey, claimed Man of the Match for his goal-line clearance.  They fly up two places to seventh.

M3 rose to the challenge of playing the leaders, Alton, and came back from 1-3 down to level it at 3-3 through Richard Meakin (2) and Toby Hulse but the visitors made a comeback to see M3 lose 3-5.  Matt Pryor was Man of the Match.  They remain seventh.

L3 hosted Yateley but Helen Howell’s goal turned out to be a consolation as they lost 1-3.  Tamara Wiehe was Player of the Match.  Not the perfect result, even if the performance wasn’t disappointing.  They slide one to sixth.

L4 travelled to Basingstoke but were overtaken by their hosts as they were unable to find the net and it finished 0-5.  Paddy McQuillan was Most Valued Player (I like that, albeit rather American..).  They slip two to eighth.

L2 are already talking about their bouncebackability following their dramatic 0-9 whipping at the hands of hosts, Poole.  Emily Love was Player of the Match for her tireless running – always all the more impressive when the game has got away from you.  One saving grace is that they only slide one place to third.

M1 have another 3rd v 4th battle this week, but all the others are either playing top-of-the-table or basement strugglers.

But dare you bet with the odds or do you think the results will go against popular opinion.

Time, alone, will tell…




W4  D0  L2

GF: 25    GA: 15

Won twice as many as they lost, scored bucket-loads of goals and many more than the Seniors.  You’d be forgiven for thinking it was last week all over.  Is anyone else getting deja vu again?

It was ‘beat basement Basingstoke’ week this week as all four wins came at their expense.  Both U16s beat pointless ‘stoke sides whilst the invincible U14 girls started their cup run against ‘stoke.  But Young Harts of the Week were U12b2 who won the only league game against a ‘stoke side with any points on the board.

U16b thrashed Basingsoke 11-2 at home.  Nathan Holifield managed no fewer than five goals while Will Hobkirk added two.  Jake Beckett, Ryan Bennett, Thomas Briggs and Will George also helped themselves in the goal feast.  They move top of their division.

U12b2 walloped Basingstoke at home too, winning 7-1.  Georges Davison and Jones both claimed hat-tricks with Tom Scarborough adding one.  They remain fourth but have a game in hand on the leaders who are only a win ahead.

U16g whipped Basingstoke 3-2.  OK, perhaps not a whipping, but a win nonetheless.  Though the game was away to add to the difficulty.  The intramural Bennett v Cradden battle continued with Jodie getting two and Amy one to seal the win.  They move up two to fourth.

U14g battered Basingstoke 1-0 at home (I’m not giving up on the theme) in the first round of the U14 Hampshire Cup.  Tallulah Smith kept the all important clean sheet whilst Maddie Saunders scored the goal at the other end.  Their reward is to host Division 1 leaders Winchester.

U12g narrowly lost away to Haslemere due to the goal being an inch too narrow, apparently.  Millie Gates was on target in a 1-2 reverse.  They slip two to third.

U14b1 hosted Trojans in their cup game but were eventually seen off 2-8.  Arthur Gent-Eggett and Jack Hobkirk scored the goals.

Nathan flies up seven places to top the table with his quintuple.  Arthur is close behind with Sienna earning the junior hard yards award ahead of four hat-trick scorers on four goals.




This week’s bounty takes us on to 125, keeping ahead of the chasing pack that is our own selves in prior years.

GF average was back over two again this week at 2.3.

On the team front L1 made ground on their male counterparts whilst Mens 3 & 4 push on strongly.

We are now overdrawn on our GD account, as are L2, but the Ones are still putting on the strongest showing and battling it out to be top dog.




Something was stirring in the Bennett household.  Not only did Chris claim a couple for M4 but Jodie added two for both L1 and U16g and Ryan added his contribution for U16b to give the family an unsurpassed 7-3 record for the week to take them clear at the top of the table.

The Hobkirks were also on a charge as Will’s two for U16b pushed them up alongside the Bennetts in terms of number of scorers and Jack added another for U14b.

Adding their name to the family furore were the Craddens where Kate’s two for L1 were added to Amy’s five (including two this week) to put them straight into fourth place.




I should probably be content with another three wins, but we did that last week.  I want more than that!

We are now over a third of the way towards our (OK, my) target of 70 and, although the win percentage is now below 50% you can plainly see the impact of all of this on the chart.




Lauren has clearly decided that she rather likes it at the top of the monthly table as last month’s winner starts off in the same place for November alongside Nick.  Jacob is close behind in third place.

For the season the GA average slips a decimal to 2.5.

The season’s GK table will appear on the ‘Season Report page soon.




Lauren and L1 are now clear ahead of the rest on three CS.

Nick’s CS moves him and M1 up three places to third with two.

No HT this week which means the battle is beginning to move away from the Attack as the Defence are now 10-6 ahead.




L2 blinked first and so it is L1 who top the table with an enviable 86%.  M1 have now moved level with M2 on 57%.

Further down M4 are now off the mark and will be looking to challenge higher up the table.




No hat-tricks so far makes November’s table very tight at the top, led (on Season position) by Frida and Jodie.

But as I often say after week one, it is all to play for.  A hat-trick would kill several birds with one stone.  Just a suggestion.


Frida has now overtaken Tom at the top of the table with Jodie moving level with him.  David Fox and Richard Meakin share the hard yards honour of the most goals without a hat-trick.

The full season’s table will soon be available on the ‘Season Report page.




This week a note for the Award’s eponymous Nicki Johnston.

It is topical in that it relates to the family but the comparison ends there as this is a note of support for her twins who have both been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Nicki has found an operation to give them the best chance of a pain-free and able-bodied life that hockey players all take for granted but this opportunity does not come cheap.

As a result they have started a Crowdfunding page to help them towards this goal.  Do help them all you can.





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